Flip the Bird by Kym BrunnerMercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.
When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.
With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.
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Related to giving the bird: Flip Off , flipped the bird. To raise the middle finger a rude gesture of anger or displeasure at one. The phrase "flip one the bird" is also commonly used. What are you giving me the bird for, I didn't even say anything insulting! I gave my brother the bird after he said that he'd never seen a worse basketball player than me. To boo or otherwise vocalize disapproval of a performer or athlete.
Cushing contends that hand gestures are what make humans distinct as a race. Flipping people off is an act as old as the Pantheon. Diogenes Laertius , a classical-era biographer of Greek philosophers, was said to have tossed a middle finger or two in his day.
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In Western culture , " the finger" or the middle finger as in giving someone the middle finger or the bird  or flipping someone off  is an obscene hand gesture. It is performed by showing the back of a hand that has only the middle finger extended upwards, though in some locales, the thumb is extended. Extending the finger is considered a symbol of contempt in several cultures, especially in the Western World. Many cultures use similar gestures to display their disrespect, although others use it to express pointing without intentional disrespect. The gesture is usually used to express contempt but can also be used humorously or playfully. The gesture dates back to ancient Greece and it was also used in ancient Rome.
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Related to give the bird: Fine feathers make fine birds. To raise the middle finger a rude gesture of anger or displeasure at one. The phrase "flip one the bird" is also commonly used. What are you giving me the bird for, I didn't even say anything insulting! I gave my brother the bird after he said that he'd never seen a worse basketball player than me.